My blog yesterday likened the mail between Sarah Vine and Michael Gove to Lady Macbeth winding up her husband to kill the King.
For Duncan (or better Banquo) read Boris – though I had no prescience that but minutes after I published the dagger would have been plunged. I rather like Macbeth until I stop to think of what it would be like to be Duncan, Banquo or Macduff’s “little chickens”. I don’t think I like Michael Gove though (like Macbeth) he does play the pantomime villain quite well.
Boris Johnson’s political career will be buried with the epitaph delivered by Michael Hesseltine.
“like a general who marches his army to the sound of the guns and the moment he sees the battleground he abandons it … The pain of it will be felt by all of us and, if it doesn’t get resolved shortly, by a generation to come yet.”
But Banquo’s ghost haunted Macbeth and Boris’ ghost will haunt Gove . Never have two politicians displayed such a shameless lack of manners toward those whose votes elected them. We like the guests at the banquet, are left to wonder at the sheer knavery of it.
If not Boris – who?
The testosterone-charged atmosphere over the past week, needs to subside and we need women in this debate badly.
Thankfully we have two, and two women who I rate highly for dignity and clear-headedness. I would like to say conviction, though both Andrea Leadsom and Theresa Day were either on the wrong side – or sitting on the Brexit fence for my liking.
Both know when to shut up and both have an engaging side (Theresa May shone in her press conference).
My personal preference (and I have a vote) is with Leadsom who has championed the cause of credit unions in the workplace and is a woman who seems to give a damn about people other than herself. I cannot say that May doesn’t, but I get the impression that Leadsom’s light will shine brightly in this campaign.
The men – forget the men – men have done too much damage already!